Following the CBI raid at Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence on August 19, 2022 nearly 12 Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officers were notified for their immediate transfer orders by the Lieutenant General VK Saxena.
The CBI had conducted raids at the residence of Manish Sisodia and 30 others locations in connection with alleged irregularities in the implementation of Delhi’s excise policy.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party leaders have strongly condemned this move.
The 15-hour long searches at the AAP leader’s residence along with the houses of 29 IAS officers including the home of the former Commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna came after CBI had registered an FIR for their alleged association in mismanagement over the execution and formulation of city’s excise policy that was framed last November, according to a statement released by the officials.
CBI had begun its operations from 8.00 am in the morning across seven states for a straight 15 hours.
In his tweet, Sisodia expressed, “It is unfortunate that those who do good work in our country are harassed like this. That is why our country has not yet become No.1.”
He tweeted further, “I extend my welcome to the CBI. I will cooperate with the investigation so that the truth comes out at the earliest. Till now many cases have been filed against me but nothing has come out. Nothing will come out of it either. My work cannot be stopped for a good education in the country.”
Meanwhile, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted on twitter, “These people are troubled by the excellent work of Delhi’s education and health. That is why the health minister and the education minister of Delhi are on the radar so that the good work of education and health can be stopped,”
Kejriwal added, “The day New York Times published Manish Sisodia’s photo on the front page praising Delhi’s education model, the government sent the CBI to his residence.”
It is to be noted further that LG VK Saxena had recommended a CBI probe into City’s revamped excise policy. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia carries the Excise portfolio alongside the Education ministry.
More details are underway.